What determines the size of a virus?
|Title||What determines the size of a virus?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
Page 1. 1 WHAT DETERMINES THE SIZE OF A VIRUS? (joint research with Chuck Knobler) (http://virus.chem.ucla.edu) THREE KINDS OF VIRUSES dsDNA bacterial viruses dsDNA is strongly confined; packaged by force ssRNA viruses (plant and animal) ssRNA is weakly confined; packaged spontaneously enveloped viruses (animal) closed bilayer membrane provides extra protection (and means of cell entry and exit) Page 2. 2 ALL VIRUSES ARE “ABOUT” 50 nm IN DIAMETER…. This is why viruses (unlike bacteria and other infectious microbes): ...